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Back from Holiday

Hello again.

France was great – as always – and the weather exceptionally hot. The combination of having five grandchildren on the campsite with us (!!)and the high temperatures did not lend itself to a great deal of crochet activity but I did manage one small project.

Just before leaving for France I had learned that a local yarn shop was closing down and so was able to pick up this Italian cotton at a good price ..

Italian cotton

Italian cotton

It was just right to try out the corner-to-corner square featured in the Deramores CAL. Since I didn’t have enough yarn to do a whole afghan I decided on a cushion cover.

love the symmetry

love the symmetry

four square front

four square front

I just love the way this pattern takes shape and the symmetry of placing the four squares together – very satisfying.

I have decided to keep the back cover very simple – a single grey square

stitched up and ready to go

stitched up and ready to go

…….. so just need to find a cushion to fit now.

We met a very talented and creative jeweller on our campsite who had been working on some interesting necklaces through the winter. I was lucky enough to purchase two of them – one has some very fine crochet on it and the other some beautiful pebbles. They felt very appropriate to my particular interests.

campsite craft

campsite craft

autumn colours

autumn colours

such talent

such talent

pebbles

pebbles

gorgeous!

gorgeous!

How gorgeous are these and so individual – I’m really looking forward to having an opportunity to show them off.

For now though it’s time to settle back into a more normal routine and get back to my crochet sessions. I have some exciting projects to come which I’ll tell you about next time.

Keep those hooks busy,

Jenny x

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Spring in Sorrento

Hello,

Home again from a sunny couple of days on the Amalfi coast of Italy …. yes, I know it was beautiful here too!

No problems with crochet hooks on the flights, fortunately, so I was able to start on my latest waistcoat project – now that I’m hooked on summer crochet – pics of that to follow soon.

The scenery was stunning: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and, my favourite of all our visits, Capri.

steep walk down

steep walk down to Positano

….but we made it!

love all the different pastels

love all the different pastels

Then we continued along the coast to Amalfi …

stunning inlay stonework on the cathedral

stunning inlay stonework on the cathedral in Amalfi

remnant of original mosaic

remnant of original mosaic

The highlight for me was definitely Capri: everything about our day there was just right.

a geologist's delight

the natural arch – a geologist’s delight

Spring was definitely in the air ….

on the cliffs of Capri

spring flowers on the clifftops

these were everywhere along the coast

these were everywhere

stunning coastline

stunning coastline

…..and the colours were remarkable.

looking down .... yes, the blue is the sea!

looking down …. yes, the blue is the sea!

creative textures in the park

creative textures in the park

I had hoped to see a couple of wool shops or some local crafting but sadly we didn’t. There was an attractive looking shop in Capri which remained stubbornly closed all day.

window shopping

it looked rather attractive through the window though

Our trip had been great and we returned refreshed; the weather at home was even beautiful to welcome us back……

dramatic sky to come home to

dramatic sky to come home to

and two pebbles from the beach at Positano are sitting with my cottons awaiting the right motif to show off their shape. Maybe that will be done by the next time.

That’s all for now,

Jenny x

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Doilies rediscovered.

Hello,

Seventies style?

Seventies style?

Remember these? Early seventies … my first crochet lessons. It seems an age away – well, actually it is!

Today they seem a bit dated and yet …. suddenly those detailed motifs take on a new significance when placed over a stone or pebble. Perfect patterns providing hundreds of different designs. Look how varied the centres are. How exciting is that?

Now, back to that snowflake …

What a lovely surprise on Friday when a very good friend brought me a goodie bag full of fine crochet threads from her stash … really kind.

The new white thread is oh, so fine … I shall need good daylight to see these stitches.

Oh so tiny!

Oh so tiny

Luckily Monday afternoon was sunny so was able to complete my first snowflake. Here it is …

first snowflake of the winter

first snowflake of the winter

Now I just need to work out the best way to “frame” the motif on the pebble ..

That’s all for now,

Jenny x